The Black Orchid
A desperate letter from her best friend sends Lady Jane rushing from her cozy Cornwall home to the remote reaches of Northumberland. Alison’s frantic plea for help hints that something sinister is going on in the gloomy halls of Winton Park, so Jane braves the misty moors in the dead of winter to get to her pregnant and bedridden friend.
A menacing sense of doom grips Jane...more
This story was a pleasant surprise, based in the 1800’s Lady Jane is called to lonely Winton Manor by her best friend who while convalescing there due to a difficult pregnancy fears something bad is afoot. Jane being nosy, intelligent and stubborn decides to answer Lady Allisons summons to t ...more
Sometimes these sorts of books try too har ...more
This book is not just about Jane’s and David growing attraction for each other, there is a murder mystery to solve. and guess what. there are more and more dead bodies appearing ou ...more
I didn't read the first book in the series but this sequel works well as a standalone. This is also the first book I have ever read by Ms. Bell.
Lady Jane is a 1900 century Nancy Drew, married to an engaging man, Captain David Wescott, with whom she shares a passionate and equal marriage with. She is drawn into a strange mystery at the behest of a dear friend, Lady Alison, and is pulled into a diab ...more
This could be a really good story and series BUT it is filled with lurid descriptions of the era. I fully understand how hard the times were but the author harps on the gruesome details.
I hate cliffhangers or stories that rely on others in a series.
SPOILER alert..... a murderer from this book first appeared in the first book and was not apprehended in this one.
I found this book less sad than the first book where the author wrote on and on a ...more
A new historical mystery series to enjoy, should appeal to readers of Anne Perry and Victoria Thompson. The society of England in the 1860's with its obsession about discovering new species of flowers, and class distinctions, along with the role of women in society. Lady Jane is not the typical wife of the time, but very independent to her husband's dismay.
Between the long useless letters from the orchid hunter and the inconsistent behavior of most of the characters, this was a confusing and disappointing book. The plot meandered and more and more sub plots were introduced until I simply quit caring. Two stars because I like Lady Jane, so I hope that later novels about her are better. Skip this one.
I enjoyed the relationship between Jane and David, they had their differences but knew how to combine the love they had for each other, David's protectiveness and Jane's independence.
The time is 1860. Lady Jane is a very independent, intelligent woman who not only fights the constraints on women in her time but fights crime as well. Her friend Aly is confined to bed in a cousins house due to unexpected complications of her pregnancy. While there, a house maid goes missing and Aly senses her cousin and the family are in grave danger. She request that Jane come to check things o ...more
I enjoyed this book very much. it is the second book in a series, so the characters had already been established in the first book. However the author fills one in just fine and it seems not to matter that they have that history. the mystery is engaging and kept me reading til the end. very satisfying read. I would recommend it to historical mystery fans.